Genius: Japan Reduces Radiation with Lead Lined Detectors


Disgust with the morally degenerate and extraordinarily dangerous antics of Japan’s nuclear power industry has reached an even greater pitch with the revelations that their novel approach to reducing the radiation exposure of clean-up workers was to line their radiation detectors with lead.

According to taped conversations provided by whistleblowers, one of the subcontractors Tokyo’s reviled nuclear power monopoly Tepco hired to clean up the fallout from its exploding reactors reduced the radiation exposure of its clean-up workers by making them wear lead-lined dosimeters.

The directive apparently came straight from their board, and was considered essential as otherwise the workers would have reached the legal limits for radiation exposure too quickly.

One director ordered a team of 10 workers to commence work with the lead shielded dosimeters, but 3 objected. The director later called a “meeting” with the holdouts, which one of them cunningly taped and much later provided to the press.

The director denies giving the orders, but several other employees affirm it was given.

Tepco’s approach to managing the disaster was apparently to subcontract out all the dirty work to a web of smaller companies, many of whom seem to have got round radiation exposure limits by simply hiring people off the street and dumping them as soon as their limit was reached, if they were lucky.

The government has said it will investigate reports of the radiation shielded radiation detectors, although somehow it seems online calls for the company’s executives to be charged with murder will not be heeded.

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    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    15:21 22/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In the US they would just up the radiation limit (with republicans demanding tax cuts before doing it).

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 22/07/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Is this before or after the democrats come up with more ways to spread my wealth into their pockets?

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    17:55 22/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They both do the same thing, just for different reasons. Democrats take your money, saying it'll be put to good use. while republicans spend it first and then come knocking.

    Avatar of Pyrus
    Comment by Pyrus
    04:09 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Democrats: If you give us enough of your money, we'll make sure government does everything for you, including your thinking!

    Republicans: You don't have to give us much of your money, just allow us to allow businesses and rich people to do whatever it takes to make more money, and they'll pay us for you!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You really don't follow politics much do you?

    Avatar of ナイジェリアの王様
    09:10 22/07/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Boy, this is dumb, almost China dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 22/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Was about to say "China quality", but i think China would take offense at the implication that Japan is copying them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you mean the implication that someone can copy something better than they can?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Implying Japan did not invent corporate-assisted suicide before the Chinese even thought about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one copies better than China! Soon they will have a tsunami and a disaster at a copy of Fukushima Dai-ichi!

    Avatar of Shaolan-kun
    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    09:55 22/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's not dumb, it's quite clever.
    But it's CRIMINAL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not really clever. Clever would have been to give them fake dosimeters.

    Avatar of Rakshasa
    Comment by Rakshasa
    12:22 22/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Clever would be realizing that the dosimeters send their data wirelessly directly to the office responsible for monitoring the worker safety, and would have included GPS locations.

    Not to mention there would be some guys on ground verifying you were wearing the right dosimeter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    clever would of gotten away with it...

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    Comment by Gitami
    15:37 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should have given them complete lead suits of armours.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    20:32 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, You need a wast amount of lead to safely shield you from radiation. You need several decimeter lead to get an effective protection. It's not manageable even on vehicles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lead was to prevent the meters from reaching the exposure limit faster thus leading to more work time, not to protect the people.

    Comment by Anonymous

    A quick bit of research on lead poisoning just revealed that it only occurs if you breath in lead dust or swallow lead objects. Considering the radiation cleaners are actually wearing hazmat suits or the like, it's probable they won't be in that much danger (since they won't be breathing it in). Not the smartest move, but whatever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like:~ Boy, this is dumb, almost China clever!

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    08:33 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like the old meaning for "made in Japan" to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dumb bitch just got told

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    Comment by Assassinister
    10:41 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    cmon Japan would't level their ingenuity to China or did they???

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    China would have to wait for some other country to do it before following suit.

    Avatar of Aniawn
    Comment by Aniawn
    14:01 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, at least they don't explode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course, its not China after all.

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    Comment by cats2
    09:41 22/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Like always with the incident, the question is if the Japanese people know just how horrendously their government handled the disaster.

    Or if they know about details like the US lead NATO team was the one to step in and take control after the shock of how badly they where handling the plants became apparent and that they would have gone into meltdown otherwise...

    China fucking quality with it all either way..

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone should make that director go clean the shit up.

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    Comment by Riiku
    17:17 22/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Who the fuck cares about workers who's life being ruined by the government. There's a man who talked with littile girl on the loose, that's the real problem!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn straight! Being paranoid of potential pedobears is more important from companies not caring about the life of their workers

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meanwhile the director's kid is busy pushing boys off schools, his daughter's doing enjou-kousai and his wife's planning on committing murder-suicide. Isn't Japan Wonderful?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is contemptible. Endangering the lives of workers, in order save a few yen and make the company look good, should be considered a criminal act of reckless endangerment. From what I've seen of Japanese justice, however, an abject apology will probably be all that is required to satisfy the government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not a few yen, but a few billion yen. Not disagreeing with you, but just saying.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    17:49 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hypothetically, would you expose yourself to potentially sterilizing levels of radiation for, say... $100,000?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    For 100,000 USD I'd probably do it. I don't want kids anyway.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    08:12 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That thickness of lead would not cut it much but still this is China quality stuff.
    But at least they were not smart enough to use polyethylene as lead will mostly stop gamma rays but it's not very good at stopping neutrons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But neutrons will combine with anything low atomic (including the cloth around the shirt pocket) to produce gamma rays.

    Hence the lead shield will totally screw up the explosure readings.

    You need to take into account real life situations instead of just lab reports lah.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thats one of the things nice about Western countries, they make their corruption much less idiotic. TEPCO, a bunch of dumbass geriatrics who couldn't tell left from right. What a bunch of morons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As someone old enough to remember Chernobyl, I'd say the Russians still hold all records for shitty handling of a nuclear disaster.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    10:07 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably, but seems TEPCO and Japan really want so bad to win the contest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That may be so, but the japs are catching up very fast.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering the magnitude of each incident the Japanese are REALLY f***ing it up. If the reactor had melted down to the aquifer like in Pripyat anime would forever be china-quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Absolutely. Chernobyl was so much bigger than the problems in Japan and, despite this latest revelation about TEPCO, was a crime against humanity. The Soviets and now the Russian government are still hiding the truth about the damage to Ukraine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Troll science.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fallout supermutants, soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would drag those TEPCO fags out of their HQ, right into the hot zones and have them clean that shit up with their toothbrushes.

    Seriously. We ALL know that those assholes are the true culprits in this whole mess. But the truth is, the Japanese still happily bow down to them and grovel in the dirt because they are supposedly higher ranking in their silly little social hierarchy.

    They let temporary workers or otherwise unemployed persons do all the dirty work. There is no moral or ethics in Japan. All except the true culprits suffer. That's the true face of Japan. There is no rosy "Anime-Japan", where everything is fine. Living or traveling in Japan right now isn't nearly as safe as they would like you to believe. Radiation is still a major issue even in very remote places in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has nothing to do with China or Japan. This here is the best example of the typical asian trait of Face Saving.

    Face Saving is "problem solving" by ignoring the problem and covering it up. All asians do that, not only the Chinese, the Japanese, but also Koreans, Taiwanese, Thai, Philippines etc.

    Only by steady advancing the societal and technological ladder, there will be asian technocrats who may confront problems head on, instead of just evading them by covering them up. But, as this case shows us, even the "highly advanced" Japanese cant help but revert to their asian cultural roots if shit hits the fan so hard, that no amount of civilizational advancement can solve the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is pretty heartless, especially after a national disaster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You people will believe the dumbest crap

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    Comment by Lunar Archivist
    07:57 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is this in any way legal and exactly why are the authorities letting this slide?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Giorgio A. Tsoukalos: "Money"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lead just blocks α-rays and β-rays. maybe even ε-rays, but not γ-rays, so it's not really betrayal of the people since their suits should at least protect them from the first two. γ-rays have the highest energy and go through everything, including the human body (like the x-rays), but their lasting-range is really short, so unless you go directly into the reactor the exposure to γ-rays is unlikely (unless you got β-rays and ε-rays, which are respectively elektrons [e-] and positrons [e+], if those two collide they degenerate into 2 γ-quants) unless you go directly into the reactor and stand beside the nuclear mass....

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